With potentially tough pension and contract fights ahead for state employees, VSEA’s Organizing Department sent an email to members recently, asking you to take a couple of minutes to update your contact information.
From the email:
“When we get news of a new proposal that could affect your life and livelihood, we count on a swift response from our members to bring about positive change. While the recent success is something to be proud of, we need to be even more effective and nimble to win this fight during the 2022 legislative session. At this time, one of the biggest obstacles the union faces is inaccurate or incomplete contact information from members. If the contact information VSEA has for you is incorrect, you are likely missing out on critically important information, and cannot lend your voice in solidarity with your fellow members.”
Update Your Contact Information Online!
Another Opportunity To Have A Seat At The Table!
One Of The Best Ways To Get Involved In Your Union Is To Run For Election To The VSEA Board!
VSEA is now accepting petitions for the following Officer positions:
First Vice President;
Second Vice President;
Any member in good standing can run for an Officer position.
Learn more or download petitions here.
The website Governing posted a piece this week, titled “Government Is Hiring, But Faces Tough Competition for Workers” and it’s worth a read.
Excerpts:”One of the key differences between the 2021 survey and the one conducted following the 2008 recession is a dramatic shift in retirement trends, says Gerald Young, senior research analyst for SLGE. In 2009, 44 percent of respondents said that retirement-eligible staff were planning to postpone retirement, but in 2021 only 2 percent said this. In 2021, 38 percent said retirement-eligible staff were planning to accelerate retirement, compared to 12 percent in 2009.”
“Recovery for government agencies and citizens alike depends on hiring success. The state and local government employment drop between February and May 2020 was the steepest and quickest in over 20 years, says SLGE’s Joshua Franzel, faster and deeper than what was seen after the Great Recession.It took about eight years for governments to get themselves out of the hole that they dug themselves into by laying off and furloughing workers after the 2008 financial collapse, he says. The lessons learned from this experience are prompting governments to do everything they can to bring back, retain and recruit workers. This must include attention to employee morale, which has suffered considerably during the pandemic, and wellness and assistance programs” (Ed note: and defined benefit pension plans!)